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Labour Strategies of Women: The Value of Household Unpaid Work and Temporary Labour Migration Abroad

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  • Raluca Prelipceanu

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    (University of Evry and University of Paris Est Créteil)

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    Our paper sets forth two possible explanations for the fall in female labour force participation in Romania. The first explanation focuses on the increase in temporary labour migration rates, while the second relies on the existence of gender norms. We consider the existence of a social norm that sets the participation of women into household production. We test these assumptions on a 10 percent sample of the Romanian 2002 census. The results show the existence of important differences between women who do not work at all, those who do not move in the labour market and those who move for work, be it within the country or abroad. They also prove the importance of social norms for women who work in their residential locality and for those who temporarily migrate abroad for work.

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    Paper provided by Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne in its series Documents de recherche with number 13-08.

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    Length: 37 pages
    Date of creation: 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:eve:wpaper:13-08

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    Keywords: Labour market; Household production; Social norms; Temporary international migration; Internal labour mobility;

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    1. Algan, Yann & Cahuc, Pierre, 2005. "The Roots of Low European Employment : Family Culture ?," CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) 0512, CEPREMAP.
    2. Lindbeck, Assar & Nyberg, Sten & Weibull, Jörgen W., 1997. "Social Norms and Economic Incentives in the Welfare State," Working Paper Series 476, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
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